Archive for May 2011

Tri-State Transportation Campaign accepts a 2011 EPA Environmental Quality Award

May 5th, 2011 | By

Staff of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign accepted a 2011 EPA Environmental Quality Award at a ceremony in downtown Manhattan on Friday. According to the EPA, the award is “the highest recognition presented to the public” by the agency and is given to nonprofits, businesses, community groups, educators, and individual citizens who “have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to protecting and enhancing environmental quality and public health.”



Hamden signs agreement to operate fuel cell at high school

May 5th, 2011 | By

Town officials in Hamden and the Board of Education have signed a 10-year agreement with UTC Power to install and operate a fuel cell at Hamden High School.



Does Millstone provide energy “safely, efficiently and with an eye toward our eneryg future”?

May 3rd, 2011 | By

In response to news reports from Japan about radiation contamination caused by the compromised Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, elected officials on the East End of Long Island are calling for change, the Southampton Patch reports.

Meanwhile, Dominion Nuclear Energy is running ads on National Public Radio’s Connecticut affiliate WNPR that tout the nuclear power plant’s ability to provide clean energy “safely, efficiently and with an eye toward our energy future.”



Mt. Tom Trail Restoration May 21, 22

May 3rd, 2011 | By

Join the New England Trail Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22, 2001, as they continue the restoration of a segment of the New England National Scenic Trail at Mt. Tom in Holyoke, Mass. Click on this environmental healdine to find out more.



EPA weighs no-discharge zone in Massachusetts

May 3rd, 2011 | By

The Environmental Protection Agency is considering a proposal to designate the coastal waters of six Massachusetts towns and the Cape Cod National Seashore as a “no-discharge area,” the agency announced. Read more here: EPA weighs no-discharge zone in Massachusetts | Soundings.



$3M Silver Sands Boardwalk gets Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

May 3rd, 2011 | By

After many years of planning, the boardwalk that connects Walnut and Silver Sands beaches in Milford is completed — and Monday there was a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate.



Funds Available for Marine Pumpout Programs

May 3rd, 2011 | By

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection has announced that more than $1 million in federal funds are available for boat sewage disposal facilities, or pumpout stations, on Long Island Sound for the 2012 boating season.



Student revisits the feasibility of wind energy at ConnCollege campus

May 3rd, 2011 | By

Senior Michael Marshall has explored the feasibility of wind-generated power on the ConnCollege campus. He presented his research to a small but engrossed audience in Olin on the afternoon of April 29.



FORUM:Storm water plan is good for environment, your wallet

May 2nd, 2011 | By

With the proposed Storm Water Authority, we will receive a bill. But, we will then look for ways to reduce our bills by installing rain barrels, a permeable driveway or rain garden, to name a few possibilities.



Stratton joins DEP

May 2nd, 2011 | By

Jessie Stratton, ENE’s Director of Government Relations since 2006, has moved from ENE to begin work in the office of the new DEP Commissioner, Daniel Esty, effective April 29, 2011. Jessie will be responsible for leading the integration of energy and environmental policies as the agency transitions from DEP to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, ENE reported.



$90M approved for busway project, despite cost concerns

May 1st, 2011 | By

The State Bond Commission approved spending $89.7 million to construct the long-planned Hartford-to-New Britain busway, despite bipartisan complaints that it should be reconsidered by the General Assembly because of cost increases.



NOTE: Larson says it’s time for shift to natural gas

May 1st, 2011 | By

Another heads up from Environmental Headlines with a story from The Hartford Business Journal about John Larson nearing his goal of making natural gas a transportation fuel of choice. He is urging Connecticut businesses to prepare for the upcoming revolution.



Route 11 Extension Would Be Costly To Watershed Area

May 1st, 2011 | By

Crews stopped working on the highway in 1972. Now, nearly four decades and plenty of false starts later, the state legislature is once again considering completing the highway by borrowing money and then using tolls to help pay for it, Peter Marteka reports for The Hartford Courant. Those voting on the proposal should come down

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Federal agency to review Lower Housatonic River flood plan

May 1st, 2011 | By

A key federal agency and the company that controls the Stevenson Dam will be reviewing the Lower Housatonic River flood plan after receiving letters of concern about flooding in early March.



Towns make preemptive strike against mile-a-minute vine

May 1st, 2011 | By

Scientists, conservationists and town leaders say they’re much more prepared to fend off new outbreaks of the mile-a-minute weed officials expect to sprout up this season. Officials are devising a prevention and scouting strategy using detailed river maps to divide local waterways into sections for monitoring by volunteers and fishermen. They also plan to continue

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Towns sign compact protecting Natchaug

May 1st, 2011 | By

Eight northeastern Connecticut towns on Friday signed the Natchaug River Basin Conservation Compact to ensure protection of the Natchaug, Fenton and Mount Hope rivers.



Haddam: Large Crowd Voices Opposition To Proposed Land Swap

May 1st, 2011 | By

A former senior administrator with the state Department of Environmental Protection told a crowd more than 100 Thursday that it is his understanding that the department strongly opposes a proposal to swap conservation land near the Connecticut River with a developer. Read more here: Haddam: Large Crowd Voices Opposition To Proposed Land Swap – Courant.com.